We have all had times when you wished your computer could be faster. These feelings usually appear while your PC is performing a heavy task, like editing video files or doing complex calculations on an Excel worksheet.
But before you start buying a new PC, it's worth trying Windows 10's Ultimate Performance mode. You probably didn't know, but there is already a power mode or plan on your workstation or PC that will give your system an extra boost. So let's see how to enable this Ultimate Performance mode.
What is the Ultimate Performance Plan in Windows 10?
Originally only available for workstations on Windows 10 Pro, the Ultimate Performance power plan was designed to run applications faster on high-end computers such as workstations and servers.
If you've been using Windows for a while, you may be familiar with the three power plans you can set for a PC or laptop. This is called Balanced (the recommended), Energy saver, and High performance.
Each of these power plans manage the power consumption of your computer or laptop in a different way. The power plan is the most energy efficient, making it the ideal choice for laptops or those who don't want high energy bills. At the same time, the high performance plan ensures that the hardware of the PC runs optimally at the expense of power consumption.
You can access these power settings by pressing Win + I> Settings> System> Power & Sleep> Additional Power Settings.
However, there is a fourth plan that is not visible on many PCs, called the Ultimate Power plan. This fourth power plan builds on the current high performance plan and focuses on reducing or eliminating micro-latencies associated with fine-grained power management techniques.
This means that this power plan will reduce the slight delay (micro-latency) in delivering more power to hardware that needs the extra power, thereby giving the extra boost.
What does the ultimate benefit plan do?
The Ultimate Performance Plan does its job by preventing your PC's hardware from going into an idle state. With other power plans, the computer temporarily turns off all non-essential hardware when it is not in use. If you've ever heard your computer's hard drive shut down on its own, it will just go into an idle mode.
Ultimate Performance prevents hardware from going to sleep. To achieve this, the power plan defines some standard settings for your hardware so that everything runs to the maximum:
The idle setting of the hard disk drive is set to 0 minutes. That means the hard drive never goes to sleep.
The Java timer frequency is set to maximum performance.
The energy saving mode under Wireless Adapter Settings is set to Maximum Performance.
The computer will never go to sleep.
The processor power management is set to 100%.
The computer display will turn off after 15 minutes.
When playing videos, Windows focuses on maximum image quality.
Is Ultimate Performance the right plan for you?
It may sound like a dream to get all that performance boost without paying a dime, but the Ultimate Performance power plan isn't for everyone.
For example, if you use your computer for everyday tasks such as surfing the Internet, working on a PowerPoint presentation, replying to emails, or watching videos, the recommended power plan is a balanced choice for you. There is no apparent benefit to using the Ultimate Performance Plan for these tasks; in fact, all it will do is waste energy.
However, there are times when a balance between power and energy consumption is not your goal and you would rather get the maximum performance and performance out of your system.
For example, there may be times when you use your PC to render a 3D modeling project. You are also welcome to edit videos that take a lot of processing power to create and render. Or, you may need to do special read / write tasks that benefit greatly from a performance boost to get the job done faster. Then you should consider switching to the Ultimate Performance plan.
Also keep in mind that this power scheme works by reducing micro-latencies, has a direct impact on the hardware, and can obviously use a lot more power. Because the power saving features are disabled, this plan is not enabled in systems that run on battery power. So if you want to try this plan out on your laptop, make sure it's always plugged in.
Also, don't think that this plan would boost your gaming sessions as you may not experience a significant increase in performance. That's because most games usually bypass the power plans anyway to improve performance.
How to activate the ultimate benefit plan
If you've read all of the above and you think the Ultimate Performance plan sounds right to you, enabling the feature is a little tricky. Finally, as described above, this power plan is sometimes "hidden" in the Windows 10 settings. As a result, sometimes when you go to your power plans on your PC or laptop you won't find an option to enable it.
Don't give up hope just yet. It is possible to activate it; it just requires a little digging in Windows 10's settings to activate it. If you want to learn more, check out our guide on How to Enable the Ultimate Performance Plan on Windows 10 for all of the instructions you need to set up or turn off this elusive power plan.
Choose the ultimate benefit plan when you really need it
Microsoft says the Ultimate Performance Power Scheme is available to anyone with Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803) or later. So if your PC is authorized, you can easily activate the plan, even if it is not visible in the power settings.
But as you now know, the Ultimate Performance Plan is not designed for everyday tasks that you do on your PC. This power plan only works well in certain scenarios. So, if you need maximum performance for a heavy workload, consider turning it on and checking out the ultimate performance of your computer for yourself.
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